Meditation is Miraculous Medicine

The word “meditation” makes many people think of incense, chanting, the lotus position, monks in robes, and religious traditions like Hinduism or Buddhism. While these associations are not necessarily wrong, meditation in its essence can be practiced by anyone anywhere at any time if they are willing to create the space for it in their lives. You can meditate on a bus on the way to work, in your cubicle, while walking your pets, or while exercising. In its simplest form, meditation is the practice of awareness, and the application of it to your life. Learning from a teacher in an established tradition offers many rewards, and I encourage it, but you can start benefitting from meditation right now!
Regular practice of meditation can improve concentration, motivation and memory - all of which will help prevent life’s various problems from becoming quite so overwhelming, thus contributing to even more overall reduction in stress.

Basic Tips

When you are getting started, I recommend setting aside a space and time for regular meditation. As I said above, meditation can be practiced anywhere, but like any skill it is best developed with practice. Many people find it helpful to meditate twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. You don’t have to sit for hours (or even an hour) to derive benefit from meditation, and devoting such lengths of time to it in the beginning will likely be counterproductive; fifteen minutes per session seems to be a good length of time for many people, but that is not an absolute rule. If you find yourself fidgeting too much or becoming too distracted, you can experiment with shorter lengths of time (such as five minutes per session) and work your way up.
Try not to meditate on a full stomach, but if you are extremely hungry, a small snack may help. It is best to start out wearing loose-fitting, comfortable clothes, and to sit or lay down in a comfortable position. You may have your eyes open or closed, though many people find that with eyes closed they have too much of a tendency to get sleepy. If you are one of these people, open your eyes, and concentrate on a fixed point in your visual field. This point doesn’t have to be anything spiritually or emotionally significant, though if you are by nature religious, you may find it useful to concentrate on a powerful symbol of your spirituality, such as a cross or an image of a saint/deity.
Breathe deeply and regularly. You can inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth, or both inhale and exhale through your nose. Many people find it helpful to use a 4/4 or 4/4/4/4 breathing pattern – that is, spread the in-breath and out-breath over four seconds each, or, for a more complex variation, take a four second inhalation, hold your breath for four seconds, make a four second exhalation, and keep your lungs empty for four seconds before your next inhalation.
Starting at the crown of your head, begin relaxing your musculature, working all the way down your body through your face, your neck, both arms, both hands, your torso and back, your groin, both legs, and both feet, to the tips of your toes. You may find it useful to visualize relaxation entering your body with each inhalation and stress leaving your body with each exhalation. For example, you may want to associate relaxation with the color blue, and stress with the color black, but these are not absolute rules. Feel free to experiment and find what works for you!

Positive Consequences

In addition to relaxation and the indirect consequences of it (such as lowered blood pressure), there are many other benefits to meditation. Regular practice of meditation can improve concentration, motivation and memory - all of which will help prevent life’s various problems from becoming quite so overwhelming, thus contributing to even more overall reduction in stress. As you become more competent and confident in your meditation practice, you will be able to enter a meditative state more easily, with less preparation, and less need for a special environment to evoke a state of calm concentration.

Furthering Your Practice

If you find meditation helpful, I highly recommend looking into undertaking a more serious practice in a tradition to your liking. While Hinduism and Buddhism are most associated with meditation in the public mind, there are also Christian versions and even versions for atheists. I hope that this piece has been helpful to you in your search, and wish you many blessings on whatever path you decide to pursue. Namaste!


Meaning of Namaste: 

"I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you, which is of love, of truth, of light and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are

Spiritual Quote #8

In the fullness of love, blossoms the beautiful fragrant flower of compassion..
Love can heal wounded hearts and transform human minds..


Spiritual Quote #7

Learn the craft of knowing how to open your heart and to turn on your creativity.
There’s a light inside of you. 

- Judith Jamison 

Spiritual Quote #6

Promise me,
promise me this day,
promise me now,
while the sun is overhead
exactly at the zenith,
promise me:
Even as they strike you down
with a mountain of hatred and violence;
even as they step on you and crush you like a worm,
even as they dismember and disembowel you,
remember, brother, remember:
man is not your enemy.
The only thing worthy of you is compassion --
invincible, limitless, unconditional.
Hatred will never let you face the beast in man.
One day, when you face this beast alone,
with your courage intact, your eyes kind, untroubled
(even as no one sees them),
out of your smile will bloom a flower.
And those who love you
will behold you
across ten thousands worlds of birth and dying.
Alone again,
I will go on with bent head,
knowing that love has become eternal.
On the long, rough road,
the sun and the moon
will continue to shine.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

Spiritual Quote #5

Those who are good and pure in conduct are honored wherever they go. 
The good shine like the Himalayas, whose peaks glisten above the rest of the world even when seen from a distance.

~The Buddha~

Spiritual Quote #4

   Promise Yourself...

To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.” 

~ Christian D. Larson

Spiritual quote #3

A tamed mind makes you peaceful, relaxed, and happy;whereas, if your mind is not peaceful and tamed, no matter how wonderful your external circumstances, you will be beset
by frights and worries. Realize that the root of your own happiness and welfare rests with
a peaceful and tamed mind. It is also a great benefit to those around you. 

~Dalai Lama


The strong recommendation is to get into the habit of daily meditation. 
Even a little each day will bring great benefit. 
So consider how you have been going these last few weeks and where you are at. 
If the habit is established, if you have a routine, consider what will reinforce that for the future. 
If you have times where the practice falls away, consider what will help to keep it going.

Make a plan that has your future health and wellbeing in mind.

Spiritual Quote #2

Every noble work is bound to encounter problems and obstacles. 
It is important to check your goal and motivation thoroughly. 
One should be very truthful, honest and reasonable.
One's action should be good for others, and for oneself as well.

~ Dalai Lama ~

Spiritual Quote #1

sharing this beautiful QUOTE , i have seen in Facebook  (11 JULY, 2013)

"There is a light that shines beyond all things on Earth, beyond us all,
beyond the heaven, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens.
This is the light that shines in our heart."

~Chandogya Upanishad~

Astral Plane & Astral Travel

Astral Travel and the Astral Plane
Laura Hamilton
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Imagine traveling the globe or to other worlds and dimensions without leaving the comfort of your chair. Believe it or not this can be done through astral travel. Also known as astral projection, this is essentially an out of body experience or OBE. Your consciousness moves outside of your body and can freely travel around practically anywhere.

Astral travel can be a wonderful and enlightening experience. It will provide you with an entirely new perspective!

The Astral Plane

When people talk about astral travel or astral projection, questions often come up about visiting friends and spying on lovers to see if they are cheating. While astral travel does include earth-based travel, it is quite different. You can still see people and even spy on them, but you will find once you are out of body, your priorities will change. Spying probably won’t seem that interesting anymore.

So what is the astral plane like? Well, it’s not just one plane but comprised of many planes or layers. There are numerous dimensions on the astral with various frequencies and energies. There are places where angels and spirits dwell as well as settings with more nefarious types of beings. When starting out with astral travel, many people stay on the earthly or prime material plane. This is where you can float above your house, check out the neighborhood and even play tricks on the family pet.

As you become more adept with astral projection, you might begin to explore different dimensions. The astral plane can be very busy and interesting. You will find that the laws of physics do not apply here as they do on earth. You will float, fly and be whisked about instantaneously.

Not only is there a difference in physical laws, but spiritual ones as well. Karmic laws and the Law of Attraction work instantly. While on the earth plane it takes a while for thoughts to physically manifest, on the astral things happen immediately. So it is extremely important to be mindful of your thoughts, actions and attitudes while on the astral. Negative thoughts and deeds will come back at you like a boomerang to the head, while good and loving actions will be rewarded quickly.

The astral planes also contain many souls who are passing by on their way to the heavenly realms. Many unfortunate beings even get stuck here along the way. Some may be lost or confused, while others get caught up in the pleasures they find while hanging out on the astral.

Learning Astral Projection

Learning to have an out of body experience takes some practice, but we all have the ability to do it. Some find it very easy to do, while others find it challenging. The keys are to keep practicing, be confident and psychically protect yourself.

There are a variety of techniques available to assist you with astral travel. Some involve meditation and relaxation while others use binaural beats to get your brain attuned to frequencies to help you leave your body.

There are four simple steps you can follow when practicing astral travel.

1. The first is relaxation.
Ensure that you have a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. Make sure you are in a positive and proper frame of mind. Psychically protect yourself. Then relax almost to the point of falling asleep.

2. Get to the hypnagogic state.
This is where your body is asleep but your mind is awake, much like lucid dreaming. You may feel sleep paralysis, where your body can’t move. Your five senses will dull and you may hear buzzing or humming noises. This means you are close.

3. Separate from your body.
This is where your consciousness exits from your physical body. You can put your focus above you or across the room. You may also try pulling yourself up and out of your body by grabbing an imaginary rope. Eventually you will be above or beside your body seeing yourself sleeping.

4. Explore.
Stabilize your awareness and explore the world around you. You can’t get lost and you will always come back to your body.

Astral travel can be a wonderful and enlightening experience. It will provide you with an entirely new perspective!


7 Obstacles to Mindfulness and How to Overcome Them

“Peace of mind is not the absence of conflict from life, but the ability to cope with it.” ~Unknown
Mindfulness has allowed me to become more aware of my thoughts and reach a sense of inner peace.
As my awareness has increased, so has the peace and joy in my life. The more familiar I have become with the inner workings of my mind, the better I have started to feel.
I came onto the path of mindfulnessmeditation, and spirituality when I was 16 years old. I saw the TV-series Ed where the main character started experimenting with lucid dreaming.
That got me interested, and that is where my journey started. It hasn’t been an easy journey by any means, but I’m nearing a decade on this path, and I don’t regret it for a moment.
I’ve been through a lot of challenges, such as going through brief spurts of depression. I’ve felt like I wasn’t good enough, and that life wouldn’t work out the way I wanted it to.
In every one of these cases I let my thoughts run wild. I started focusing on the negative instead of on the positive, and I think many people have the same tendency.
So there have been both ups and downs, but in the end they have all been there for a reason. And with each “bad period,” I’ve learned more and more about myself.
I’ve learned more about what works and what doesn’t, and they have all been blessings in disguise.
I have wanted to give up many times, but I’m glad that I kept going.
Truly living in the present moment isn’t easy, but it is highly rewarding. The best way to move forward on your own path to “here and now” is to understand the potential obstacles and plan in advance how you’ll deal with them.

1. Mindfulness takes ongoing effort.

Mindfulness takes a lot of work, but the good news is that the longer you practice, the easier it gets, and the more joyful your life becomes.
At first, your thoughts will be in chaos, and everything will seem out of control. Your situation will feel helpless, but the more you focus on being fully where you are, the easier it will be to find peace of mind in the moment.
Mindfulness is best practiced throughout your day. It’s not just for when you sit down and meditate. Focus on being mindful of your thoughts when you’re doing everyday tasks and it will be easier to remain mindful when things get tough.

2. There will always be distractions.

When you’re on your journey to becoming more mindful, it seems as if the universe starts throwing stuff at you just to give you challenges.
The distractions could be problems in your life, drama in your relationships, or old negative beliefs popping up from your past.
These are great opportunities to practice present moment awareness. They will help you become stronger, better, and more in tune with yourself. The problems and challenges we face are teachers in disguise.
They are there to help you grow and to realize who you truly are.

3. Progress doesn’t always come quickly.

Progress may seem excruciatingly slow. There will be times when you attach to things and situations that you want, which will make it difficult to be fully in the present moment. It’s impossible to be mindful when you’re dwelling on the past or obsessing about the future.
We all do those things sometimes. I’ve experienced it countless times in my own life. The more I want something, the more I fixate on not having it and wanting to get it.
Once I release the attachment and focus on being grateful for what I have in the moment, my life seems to shift, and progress seems to happen naturally.

4. You may want to give up.

Like with any worthwhile journey, you will feel like giving up and throwing in the towel multiple times.
But it is during the times when you feel most frustrated that you are often on the verge of a breakthrough.
Our lives are very similar to the seasons. We go through cold, dark winters, and joyful, expanding summers. It all comes and goes. It’s the ebb and flow of life.
When you realize that the challenging times are there to help you grow, you will automatically feel more peaceful and relaxed.

5. Your goals may challenge your mindfulness.

Having goals is fantastic, essential even, but when you become overly attached to them, something bad happens, just like we talked about above.
You know that you’re too attached to something when you start feeling frustrated, angry, and negative.
Attachment muddles our clarity. You’re likely pursuing your goals because you believe they will make you happy. Remember that when you start letting your goals pull you into a stressful state of mind. If you focus on the good things around you, you’ll feel that happiness that you think you need to chase.
This will make you much happier in the long term, and, of course, right now.

6. You might forget that the journey is the destination.

Most people miss the fact that the reward is in the journey. Have you ever noticed that when you reach a goal, it’s not as exciting as you thought it would be?
Sure, it feels great to hit a milestone, but if you do not replace that goal with another one, you will soon find yourself feeling unfulfilled.
That’s because we are goal-seeking mechanisms. Humans need goals so they can have a sense of purpose and fulfillment.
It is in the journey that we learn, grow, and become better. When you’re practicing mindfulness, remember that there is nowhere to arrive at. If you focus on what is going on right now, the rest take care of itself.

7. Sometimes you’ll want to be anywhere but in the now.

Even the most enlightened masters on earth have to deal with difficult situations and chaotic thoughts. The difference is they have learned to accept the moment for what it is.
When you do this, you become the guardian of your inner space, which is the only way to feel good inside and find peace of mind, right now.
Photo by Sigi K

Mindfulness of Feeling, or Recognizing the Feeling Tone of Experience

by Philip L. Jones
In his book, Touching Peace, Thich Nhat Hanh has said "Peace is all around us - in the world and in nature - and within us - in our bodies and our spirits. Once we learn to touch this peace, we will be healed and transformed."

What keeps us from seeing that peace is all around us? It is our tendency to get caught in our experiences. We get caught in our experiences because we don't see their true nature. We see our experiences as being permanent, satisfactory and as having a solidity to them. Through the practice of insight meditation we begin to investigate our experience so that we can see for ourselves what is true about our experiences and how we get caught in them.

In the first section of instructions we learned how to ground ourselves, how to settle ourselves and develop concentration using the sensations of breathing. In the second section we explored opening to the body, to physical sensations and we discovered a number of insights about how we relate to them. We also learned experientially how insight practice is different from concentration practice. As we move to different aspects of our experience, we begin to focus on more and more subtle experiences. Sometimes they may be easy for us to see, at other times quite difficult. It mostly depends upon how much concentration and mindfulness we have been able to develop at any particular moment. During this section we will explore mindfulness of feeling and then look at working with distractions.


In the tradition of Insight Meditation, feeling refers to the tone of an experience, whether it is pleasant, unpleasant or neutral. Although in our society we often use the words "feeling" and "emotion" interchangeably, in insight meditation they are distinct. Feelings are part of our automatic response to sensory input through any of the five sense doors or through thoughts. Emotions are much more complex and involve moods, such as anger, desire or joy, as well as physical sensations and thoughts, often stories we tell ourselves. Feeling is actually part of the foundation upon which emotion is built, so developing some ability to be aware of feeling allows us to be less reactive to emotions as well.

It is important to be aware of feeling because this is what keeps us hooked into our conditioning. We are conditioned to react to pleasant sensations with sense desire and attachment. We want more of the pleasant feeling and believe that more will make us happy. We are conditioned to react to unpleasant sensations with anger, fear and aversion. We want to get away from the unpleasant and believe that doing so will make us happy. A neutral feeling is often un-noticed. However, we may experience aversion, in the form of boredom, to neutral feeling. This may then give rise to other mind-states that undermine our meditation, such as sleepiness, searching for something more exciting, or getting caught in a conversation in our mind. The constant effort to get the pleasant and to avoid unpleasant and neutral keeps us from finding that peacefulness comes from simply being what is present in our lives in this moment, whether things are pleasant, unpleasant or neutral. Mindfulness of feeling begins the process of de-conditioning these patterns of reactivity.

The key way of working with feeling is through mindfulness. Simply being aware, in a non-judgmental way, of whatever comes into awareness. Simply being aware of whether it has a pleasant, unpleasant or neutral feeling tone. As we practice mindfulness of feeling, we begin to see for ourselves how our reactions to pleasant, unpleasant and neutral experiences dominate our lives. The ability to recognize the feeling of an experience allows us to break our identification with it, to become unstuck from the experience. We can begin to see it as just an experience that is happening rather than "my experience" or "me." This awareness of how we react creates the possibility of responding to feeling with more flexibility and appropriateness for each situation rather than simply reacting based on our past conditioning.

Instructions for Mindfulness of Feeling

• Begin your meditation as previously instructed using the breath as the primary object of meditation.
• If a sensation or experience in the body is strong enough to pull your attention away from the breath, allow your awareness to rest in that sensation.
• Notice whether the experience is pleasant, unpleasant or neutral.
• As different experiences become predominant in your awareness, continue to notice the feeling quality of each experience, and your reaction to it such as holding on, pushing away or becoming bored.
• As you meditate with the feeling quality of experience, notice whether it is something that lasts, or whether it is something that comes into awareness, is present for a while and then dissipates.
• If you become lost in thought or sensations, when you notice it look back at the thought or sensation to see whether it was pleasant, unpleasant or neutral. This will help to reveal how the mind gets caught in reacting to the feeling-tone of an object of experience. Then, gently return your attention to the breath and continue with the instructions above.
• If you ever feel confused about what you are experiencing or what you should do, simply return your attention to the breath.
• Continue with the practice of mindfulness of feeling until your meditation period is over.
• After your period of meditation, you may find it useful to reflect on what you have noticed about your experience. Here are some questions to explore as you reflect on your experience. Does every moment of your experience have a feeling-tone, either pleasant, unpleasant or neutral? Is there actually a tendency to hold onto the pleasant, to push away the unpleasant and to be bored by the neutral? If you bring mindfulness to a pleasant experience does it last or does it come into awareness and then leave? How about unpleasant experiences and neutral ones?
• During the day, spend some time noticing the feeling tone of your experiences and how you react to them.


Insight meditation is a practice of opening up to your experience, a practice of opening your heart and seeing more clearly what is true in your life. It begins with being open to and compassionate towards yourself. As you develop some concentration, you may begin to notice thoughts or feelings or sensations that pull your attention away from your object of meditation. You may perceive these experiences as difficult or distracting. However, the rule of thumb in insight meditation is that nothing is a distraction. Instead, everything is a potential object of meditation.

Try to meet these "distractions" and "difficulties" with kindness, without judging them as good or bad. You may find yourself wanting to avoid certain thoughts, feelings or sensations, or you may find yourself wanting to hang onto them. Simply be aware of the desire to avoid or to cling, meeting those judgments with kindness as well. Being mindful of the feeling tone of an experience can be helpful in getting disentangled from it and seeing it more clearly.

Working with Physical Sensation and Feeling in Daily Life

What we have been practicing is one of the tools in this practice. So far we have worked on three tools: mindfulness of the sensations of breathing, mindfulness of physical sensations and now mindfulness of feeling. When you practice on your own, you can use these tools in two different ways. First, you can focus your attention on one aspect of your experience to develop a more comprehensive understanding of it. Second, you can use whatever tool is appropriate as different experiences arise into awareness.

In your daily life attempt to use both approaches. Take a day to just be aware of the feeling tone of your experiences and how you react to them. Then on another day simply try to bring mindfulness to your experience when physical sensation becomes predominate or when you notice the feeling tone of an experience.

I am

"When the mind settles on the mountain, it becomes the mountain" ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Determined. Focused.

As each distraction comes up,
like a leaf, in the stream
it is carried away by the ever cleansing water.

The water is my blood and

my body is the river.
I feel the movement within me.
I don't want to run or paddle up stream.

The urge to resist the current is strong.

Stronger is my desire, finally, to let go.
Following the river where it naturally flows, I find myself
at home within me.

I Am as sure as a mountain of my uncharted days.

All this certainly stirs within me, and I become what I already am.
Steady. Free.

~ Melissa Smith



For photographs, you can put them either in bioriented polypropylene (BOPP) sleeves, polyester (Mylar) sleeves, or Glassine photo sleeves which are pH-negative and archival and made of nonplasticized paper.  All of these should be fine, for they do not react with photographs.  When using sleeves, you will need the backings to support the photographs.  The backings have to be acid-free board or thick paper.  You can find the backings at the same place where you find the photo sleeves.  You can also use the backings or boards for scrapbooking, since the materials for scrapbooking is usually acid-free.

You can also put your photographs in the photo storage boxes.  Just make sure that they are lignin-free and acid-free.

Pencil : Sketches & drawings

For pencil sketches and drawings, you will need to spray fixative onto the drawings.  Don't buy anything that's cheap.  It is critical to use non-yellowing, good quality fixative.  Since they are pencil works, choose matt finish clear fixative.  I am not saying that you cannot use glossy finish.  Basically, pencil drawings are meant to be non-glossy and non reflective.  We don't want to give the pencil drawing a different charateristic. However, if you like them to be shiny, by all mean, use glossy finish.

Buy PH-neutralizing spray, make-acid-free spray, or de-acidify spray.  I don't remember the names of the makers.  However, you can find it in retail store now.  Spray de-acidify spray on the BACK of the drawings, NOT the front.  This will make acidic paper acid-free.

After everything is dry (they dry in no time), you can put them in the photo sleeves i described in the paragraph above.  After these procedures, your drawings should last generations without a slight change

source : online


“Our love must not be a thing of words and fine talk.
It must be a thing of action and sincerity (1 John 3:18).”

 Bible quotes

Eyes : The Windows to the Soul

Happen to come across something vital, for the eyes
i call it the 20-20-20 care 

Step I :-

After every 20 minutes of looking into the computer screen, turn your head and try to look at any object placed at least 20 feet away. This changes the focal length of your eyes, a must-do for the tired eyes.

Step II :-

Try and blink your eyes for 20 times in succession, to moisten them.

Step III :-

Time permitting of course, one should walk 20 paces after every 20 minutes of sitting in one particular posture. Helps blood circulation for the entire body.

Circulate among all if you care. They say that your eyes are mirrors of your soul, so do take care of them, they are priceless.

p.s : i did not own this, took it from the net -just sharing it for love
Sai Ram 

Kanum Ponggal

Today marked the 4th day of  Ponggal festival
everything went on well thru God's blessing
~Sai Ram
Hence here are some photos on the beautiful day, happened today


The preparation :)

Yes! our outpouring happiness & sweet blessing :D
Our very,very yummy Ponggal  

Hanuman Jeyanthi

It's Hanuman Jayanthi today hence let me share something on him today

Lord Hanuman symbolizes strength and unparalleled devotion and selfless service. He is the greatest devotee of Lord Ram. He is a Brahmachari (celibate) and humility is his hallmark. He served Sri Rama with pure love and devotion, without expecting any fruit in return. He lived to serve Sri Rama. He is the living embodiment of Ram-Nam. He was an ideal selfless worker, a true Karma Yogi who worked desirelessly and dynamically. He was a great devotee and an exceptional Brahmachari or celibate. 

He was humble, brave and wise. He possessed all the divine virtues. He did what others could not do-crossing the ocean simply by uttering Ram-Nam, burning the city of Lanka, and bringing the sanjeevini herb and restoring Lakshmana to life again. He brought Sri Rama and Lakshmana from the nether world after killing Ahiravana. 

On the day of Hanuman Jayanti devotees apply sindoor to the idol of Hanuman. There is very popular legend behind this. Once Sita ji was Appling sindhoor on her forehead and Hanuman enquired about its significance. To this Sita ji replied, that this ensured long life for her husband. Hanuman on hearing this applied sindhoor all over his body praying for the immortality of his Lord. He came before Lord Rama. When asked Hanuman replied, “It is only to please you my Lord.” Lord Rama was very pleased and by seeing his devotion, he declared that whoever applies sindoor on the body of Hanuman will get my loving devotion and I will pleased with that devotee. 

On the day of Hanuman jayanti Lord Hanuman is worshiped and offered sindoor and pan. People visit the Hanuman temple and apply the sindhoor taken from the idol of Hanuman on their forehead. It is supposed to bring good luck to them. Prasad (religious food offering) is distributed among the people. Pooja is performed and abhisheka (religious offering consisting of coconut and flowers) is done. Devotees read the Hanuman Chalisa and recite the Holy name of Lord Rama. Most of the devotees keep fast, especially those who are wrestlers and body builders.

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I would also like to share a wonderful work on Hanuman done by an artist , and I am inspired to do a work similar to it as well

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next is the artwork for the day which i took about 2 days to complete
a simple work 

anyway with the love & respect to Hanuman, let me call it a day
and I shall now be off to see him in the temple

Jai Ram Sri Ram,Jai Jai Ram

True Offering To God

interesting excerpt taken from :

"Concentrate & meditate,no need for outer performance so much,no need to even bow to me or bow to any Buddha.If you see them inside,see the Buddhas inside, you may bow if you want to. But the Buddhas do not expect these things. They expect that you are devoted to yourself, so that you can find your inner nature and become Buddha or become one with God. Find your own glorious nature and be of help to yourself and many other beings.
That is what the Buddha expects from us"

Spoken By The Supreme Master Ching Hai, Hsihu Center, Formosa January 5, 1995 (Originally In English)

Vegetable Fajita

Since I had Fajita as my lunch today, let me share the recipe on how to make a vegetarian Fajita
indeed a healthy recipe (:
Taken from Recipe blog (  (:



Vegetable Fajitas

Ingredient NameUnitQuantity
Black Pepper Powder



Cilantro/corriander leaves



Green Pepper



medium Onion (Chopped fine)



Mexican Tortillas or Chapatis




to fry

red Chillies



Red Pepper Chopped Julliene




to taste

Yellow Pepper



Directions | How to make Vegetable Fajitas
Saute the onion and red chillies in heated oil.
When onion becomes translucent, add the bell peppers. Stir well and cook until bell peppers become tender.
Add salt, pepper and Cilantro leaves (finely chopped).
Allow to cool.
Roll the above mixture in the Mexican Tortillas or Chapatis. About 1 tbsp in each.
Serve as a starter or an entire. Very Delicious and filling.


A very beautiful story , that I came across & I wish to share it here
Ref: Mantra & the Goddess, SwaminiSri Lalitambika Devi

An old Indian tale tells of a thief whose life was transformed by the power of a mantra in which he didn't believe. Though born a brahmin,he fell in with a band of marauders. For years, he lived a life of remorseless debauchery, robbing men, women , and children alike.

One day, he dared to steal alms from a wandering saint. The saint felt compassion for the misguided man. He asked whether the thief thought that his family would be happy to share in the consequences of his actions as they were in the goods that he  brought back for them.
The man was shocked to find that his loved ones turned away at the question.

The saint then offered to initiate the thief with a mantra.
At this, the thief scoffed. " I cannot repeat a sacred sound,"he said,"because I don't believe in the sacred."

"It's alright," the saint responded. "Do you see that Mara tree?" The thief gazed at the tree with its dark foliage and graceful trunk. It was late in the afternoon, and the setting gun glinted through its branches, casting long shadows against the earth. The thief could see that the tree existed. It was no more mysterious or scared than he himself was. And it was beautiful.

"Simply repeat the name of that tree," said the saint."Mara."

This , the thief took to.As he continued on his way, he began to repeat Mara, Mara over and over again.

It's said that , in time, he sat so still and chanted the mantra for so long that an anthill grew up over him.Still, he remained unperturbed. Because he chanted steadfastly, the syllables manifested great power.

When he emerged from the anthill, the thief was glowing. He had realized that, though stealing might bring him wealth without work, other people's possessions would never satisfy him. In fact, no possessions could satisfy him. He devoted the rest of his life in service to all beings.

As he sank deeper and deeper into the space of the heart, he began to compose great hymns of joy and praise. In fact, he composed the Ramayana, the epic poem that tells the story of Lord Rama, his wife Sita, and their ever-faithful servant,Hanuman.

This thief-turned-sage was the poet-saint Valmiki. As he had repeated Mara, Mara, so Valmiki had begun to chant the name Rama Rama. So he had become enlightened, and a source of truth for all.

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